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Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday Morning Inspiration/Thumb Holes

We have a wonderful store in Chicago called Fleet Feet Sports. Truly an American success story. The owner began with a dream and 1 small store in Chicago. Now he has stores all over the United States. Amazing!

About twice a year, Fleet Feet has an evening fashion show to showcase all the new styles that are coming in for the season. It's a lot of fun. The last show was held the first of December. A design detail that they mentioned quite often and which also stood out to me was thumb holes, in tops as well as jackets. 

I love thumb holes! When I ski, it's a must for me. The thumb hole holds my sleeve in place and gives added warmth to my hands. Same holds true for my morning walks. when I start my walk, I'm cold, but once I warm up, I then just roll the extra length back and it helps to cool my body. As much as I love thumb holes in my athletic wear, I love them in casual t-shirts too.  

I poked around on Pinterest and was surprised to find so many examples, so I thought I would share them with you as well. 

Below is an example they were especially excited about at Fleet Feet. Rather than the hole being in the cuff of the sleeve, it's just an added piece of fabric.


Here's an easy way to add a thumb hole to a sweatshirt cuff. 


Love the styling on this thumb hole extension.


Although there is an opening for the thumb, this one is designed to still keep the cold out if the thumb hole is not being used. 


This added strip is even easier to do than the first example.


This could be added to a purchased or previously made top or sweatshirt. The pop of color would also be fun. 


I thought this one was interesting. The thumb hole is actually hidden in the zippered cuff. What a great design detail!

Another pop of color and a fun detail. A"v" shaped inset was added along with another strip to allow for an opening.



From Lulumon, the cuff with a thumb hole is the perfect place to hide and hold keys, credit cards and identification.


This was an ad for Fossil watches. The added length for the thumb hole was attached with a zipper for easy viewing of the watch.


Another jacket with a thumb hole. Elastic around the hand helps to keep the cold out. There's also a hidden zippered pocket included.  


Hope you found that a little interesting :)

Hope you can find a little time to get out this week and enjoy nature. And if you do...stay warm!
Have a wonderful week!
Rhonda



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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Night Reflections





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Healthy Eating/Coconut Chickpea Curry

Finally!!!, my cold is (fingers crossed) over. But, it didn't leave quietly. I ended up with a type of cold sore/blister in my ear and a sinus infection. The sore/blister burst and bled on Thursday. Once that happened, the sinus infection took a turn for the better. So as I said, fingers crossed, I'm finally on the other side. If by chance you do come down with this nasty strain of cold, by all means, give into it and allow your body to heal. I did not until I finally had to. Lessen learned...maybe :)

Now for something to warm your soul...

Do you like Indian food? I do!!! And I especially enjoy a good curry dish. 

A while back, I posted something, I don't know what, on Instagram and it caught the attention of Jessica In The Kitchen. She posts the most amazing recipes for those who are following, or at least trying to somewhat follow a vegetarian or vegan diet.

This past week, I stumbled upon a fabulous recipe for Coconut Chickpea Curry. It sounded so good, so I just had to give it a try, and I'm very happy that I did as it is DE-LI-CIOUS!!! Below is a picture of the dish from Jessica's blog.     


A few things to keep in mind if you do give the recipe a try;

Use a purple onion rather than regular yellow onions. I think the purple onion gives the dish a more robust flavor.
   

The recipe calls for 14 oz. of fresh tomatoes. I used a little over 1 1/2 lbs. Be sure to cook the onions and tomatoes in coconut oil. It really makes a difference. Cook the onion tomato mixture until the tomatoes have formed a sauce. 
 

Once the tomatoes have cooked, the rest of the ingredients are added in. The recipe calls for a spice called garam masala. By all means, don't leave this out. You can find a recipe for the spice on THIS POST


I decided to increase the nutrients in my pot of curry and added 4 cups of fresh chopped spinach. Makes for a great addition. And...because I love a little spice, I also added cayenne pepper. If you would like a little extra zip, just add a little at a time until you have the spice level that you like. 

The recipe also calls for a little coconut flour, or regular flour to thicken the curry. I didn't feel that it needed to be thickened.


I served the curry with Madagascar Pink Rice. I found it at my local grocery store, so look around and you may find it too. It's really good!


If you don't mind the tangy taste of lime, by all means add it. The lime juice makes all the flavors really pop.

If you give it a try, and you are like me, 1 bowl will not be enough. In fact, if I had not been so full, I may have had a third bowl!!!

Be sure to check out Jessica In The Kitchen, whether you are vegan/vegetarian or not. I think you'll find some recipes that you'll love. I did!



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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Wednesday Showcase

After a bit of a hiatus, the Wednesday Showcase is back in full swing. It's such a fun part of my week, and I'm so grateful to those of you who talked me into coming back with the posts. I know that I walk away so inspired and energized and I hope you do as well. And then there's the added bonus of possibly making a few new friends :) A win in every way!!!

First up today is Lynne of Confessions of a Quilting Junkie. She's a world traveler, originally from England, but now lives in Switzerland. Knitting has been a passion since she was a child, but 5 years ago she began to quilt and just 2 years ago began to sew garments. 

As I scrolled through her blog, I fell in love with this beautiful piece. It was done by a friend and inspired Lynne... 


To do a little ricrac braiding and trim this dress. 


She also made a matching bag. So very pretty!


Lynne said that she may not be the world's most accomplished quilter, but she is very enthusiastic. The quilt below was a gift to her mom. Truly an heirloom. 


Not only does she sew lovely garments, and spectacular quilts, she makes the cutest accessory pieces. She's made a number of these tissue box covers. Just beyond adorable!!!
 

Be sure to visit Lynne's blog. I think that you'll find her to be very inspiring. I know I'm itching to make a few of those braided ricrac roses!!!


Next up is Dana of Deedle and Thread. Of course "deedle" is a play on needle, but it actually came from her father as a beloved nickname for Dana. Her mother was the first to inspire her. She loved going through a big bag of scraps that her mother kept in a closet, and creating clothes for her Barbie dolls. She now sews for herself and truly enjoys sharing her passion with others.

I just love a picture of a girl and her dog :), so I couldn't resist! The look on the dog's face is kinda like, "when is this going to be over." So cute. Dana loves playing around with patterns. This is McCall's 7020, a cowl top pattern that she turned into a tunic/dress.   


She said that this jacket pattern is a tried and true piece. I just love how she was able to incorporate the raw edge in the seams. 
Fabulous jacket. 


This is the Midtown Trench Coat from Indygo Junction. What a lovely pattern, portrait collar, bias cut cuffs on the sleeves, and the pleated back swing. Although the fabric has a subtle pattern, it accents the details beautifully. 


Not only does Dana sew, she loves to make jewelry. 



Creative in every way, you can find a wonderful tutorial for these great rectangular zipper bags HERE.


I know I'm walking away from this post bursting with inspiration, and I'm sure you are as well! 

Have a wonderful day!
Rhonda



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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

If Only Little Red Riding Hood Had Made Cape Super Express

If only Little Red Riding Hood had used the Cape Super Express pattern, she would have finished her cape in record time, and the wolf would have missed her!!! 

The final post for the Islander Sewing Systems Cape Super Express is up on the Sew News blog and you can find it HERE. If you look at the tab section at the top of this blog, you will see a page with links to all of the sew alongs that I've done for Sew News. The Cape Super Express has been updated, so if at any point you decide that you would like to give the cape a try, you can easily refer back to the posts. Remember, the posts remain on the Sew News blog, so no expiration!

I thought that you might like to see me in the capes that I made. 
First up is the denim cape that I made for the sew along. 


You can see how nicely the hood lays on the back.


And it's perfect for when you need a little extra protection from the elements.


And finally, a flash of the lining.



Now the faux fur and velvet cape. This cape was made for the magazine. It's actually lighter in weight than the denim cape. But, for an evening out, it's perfect for throwing over your shoulders and looks great with a pair of opera length gloves.



Due to the nature of the faux fur, the hood has a little more drape to it which I really like.


A little flash of my lining. For the lining I used a wonderful piece of silk that has dragons embroidered throughout. If by chance you would like to give the pattern a try, you can find it HERE.


I have had so much fun doing the sew alongs, and I am very grateful to Sew News for giving me the opportunity to sew with all of you. 

In the February/March issue of Sew News, you'll find 2 sew alongs, the Clare Coat from Closet Case Files, and the Appleton Dress from Cashmerette. Both sew alongs will be conducted by the designers of the pattern. So be sure to check out the patterns and the sew alongs. I'm sure they'll be fun and informative.  

And I can't sign off without saying a great big thank you to all of you who have followed along and made the patterns over the past 3 years. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!!!!!    



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Monday, January 9, 2017

Monday Morning Inspiration/Inspire Me!

Do you ever get up and just feel happy? Nothing special has happened, it's a day like any other day. And maybe, it's not exactly a perfect day, something has not exactly gone right, but....you just feel happy? Well, that's how I feel today. It's a happy day :)

In February of 2014, almost 3 years ago, I started doing the Thrifty Thursday posts. I noticed that there were a lot of free patterns being offered, so I thought I would give some a try and let you know what I think. Now, truth be told, if I came across a pattern that had issues with, I quietly threw it away, and left it to the trash bin. The only patterns that I have featured on the blog are those that I've felt were drafted correctly and that I really liked. 

Let's take a look back at some of my favorites.

I enjoyed THIS jacket from Sew News so much that  I made it twice. 


Tessutti has some fun and easy to wear free patterns available on their website.
On the left is a top that I lengthened into a dress and added a belt.
The a-line skirt comes in 3 lengths. 
The Zoe Top can be worn loose or belted. Looks great with skirts and pants alike.


I love hats!
From left to right;
The Newsboy
The Cloche
The Aviator


The beautiful top below can be a bit tricky to download, but well worth it.


This Twirl Skirt is such fun to wear!


Easy to make and fun to use bags.
On the left, The Reversible Bag.
The Little Dinky Handbag on the right.


Loved the free panty pattern from Cloth Habit.
In fact, I loved it so much that I made it into swim bottoms and paired it with a great free cami pattern from Iconic Patterns. 


On the left is the free Kimono Tee from Maria of Denmark.
On the right, the free Gathered Top from So Sew Easy.


The Hemlock Tee from Grainline Studio is great paired with a cami.
The Plaintain Tee from Deer and Doe is so very versatile and easy to wear.

So that's just a few of the patterns that have been made over the last 3 years. If you have a little extra time, you can scroll through HERE and see more that have been made. 

I really do enjoy doing the Thrifty Thursday posts and would like to continue. I have a few lined up to go, but I would love it if you know of a pattern that you think is intriguing and would like to see me try. If you do, just leave a comment with a link to the pattern. You are also welcome to email me with a link, sewbussted@yahoo.com

Wishing you a VERY HAPPY DAY!!!
Rhonda  



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Sunday, January 8, 2017